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Cutting Through Investment Complexity

The newly introduced University of Birmingham Master of Science (MSc) Investments programme at SIM GE offers a promising career path in trading and investing. Dean of Birmingham Business School, Professor Glyn Watson (pictured below), explains how the programme will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in financial markets, both domestically and internationally.

Cutting Through Investment Complexity

Assessing the risks associated with investments has become an increasingly complicated task. Financial institutions and intermediaries have been driven to provide more risky and complex financial products with the development of financial instruments and the increasing level of competition in the financial services and investments sector. In particular, the advancement of technology has seen financial and investment information travel much faster within financial markets, and both professional and individual investors can now access international financial markets much more easily.

This has constrained the predictability of traditional financial theories and asset pricing models, leading researchers and practitioners to start paying more attention to the different factors and issues that influence investors’ trading behaviour. These have not only had a significant impact on the soundness and sustainability of the modern banking system and financial institutions, but have also made financial training essential for future fund managers, brokers, investment specialists and financial managers.

Students pictured at SIM’s Financial Training Centre
Students pictured at SIM’s Financial Training Centre

The MSc Investments programme in Singapore is designed to teach not only financial theories but also practical investment techniques such as the indication of stock liquidity or identification of specific trading behaviour. In particular, this programme offers students the chance to gain the knowledge of trading and investment applications in both the domestic and international financial markets, covering stock markets, bond markets and financial derivatives markets. The aim is to support students who plan to pursue a career in banking, or work in trading companies and other financial institutions as well as those who intend to become investment specialists and financial managers in other corporations.

Our Department of Finance at Birmingham Business School has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). In addition, our MSc Investments programme in Birmingham has been recognised by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute University Recognition Programme. To ensure a high quality of teaching and to benefit the students who are preparing for the CFA exams, all modules will have the same contents as those in Birmingham and will be delivered by academic staff from Birmingham and trading specialists from the United Kingdom. More importantly, this programme will be delivered with the support of advanced facilities at SIM, in one of the world’s most important financial hubs. For instance, the Financial Training Centre at SIM provides a simulated environment for trading activities which offer our students the opportunity to put the financial theories and investment techniques they have learned into practice.

The MSc Investments programme will see its first intake in October 2017. For more details on the programme, click here.

Posted online, 12 May 2017